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  • 2014 November 23: Now Thank We All Our God (Nun Danket)

    November 23, 2014 10:30

    Martin Rinkart (1586–1649) was a Lutheran pastor who came to Eilenburg, Saxony at the beginning of the Thirty Years' War. As a walled city it afforded some small measure of safety, and thus became a refuge for the dispossessed. The result, however, was overcrowding, pestilence and famine. And armies overran it three times in spite of its walls. (more )

  • 2014 November 23: Now Thank We All our God

    November 23, 2014 10:30

    The Reformation of course had its dark side: many political powers-that-be didn't care about Luther's or Calvin's reforms, but saw them as an opportunity to end their political and financial servitude to Rome. And so war erupted, perhaps most notably the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Measured by the percentage of the population that perished (as direct casualties or due to the famine and plagues it caused), some scholars suggest that the Thirty Years War was the deadliest in European history. (more )

  • 2014 November 9: Royalties

    November 09, 2014 10:30

    When Beethoven was young and unknown, he happened to meet at the house of Prince Lobkowitz (who would become a long term patron). In the course of conversation with guests there, Beethoven said he would gladly find someone willing him to pay him a yearly salary for life, in exchange for the exclusive rights to publish all he wrote; adding, "and I would not be idle in composition. I believe Goethe does this with Cotta, and if I mistake not, Handel's London publisher held similar terms with him." (more )

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